When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell a joke. It’s not a good joke, but nearly everyone laughs. It’s probably a sympathy laugh, but it’s a laugh either way. When they want to know what my job is I say this every time:
“I do the same thing I did when I was 3-years-old…whatever my parents tell me to do.” (Insert sympathy laugh)
I work for my mom and dad, and I’m proud of that. They have built three amazing businesses, and it’s a privilege to continue their legacy. But I didn’t always feel this way. I started working in the businesses after college, and at first I thought I deserved the same prestige my parents enjoyed as the owners. Even though I didn’t put any money into the business, I felt entitled to their stuff. More than that, I was 22-years-old and I didn’t want to do what my parents told me to do.
In some ways, I was dealing with the same struggles I dealt with as a high-schooler when I still lived under their roof. I felt that my parents were there to serve me. I felt like I owned our house, cars, food, clothes, etc… And sometimes, rarely, I didn’t want to do what my mom and dad told me to do (I can write “rarely” because my mom isn’t in the room to suggest I disobeyed regularly).
But you see, there’s a common calling that applies to me today, just as much as it did when I lived in my parents’ home 12 years ago. If you want to know God’s will for your life, here’s one part of it, you are called to “Honor your father and mother” (Ex.20:12 & Eph. 6:2).
So in a way, my joke is true, my job–even as a 30-year-old–offers me the opportunity to live out the same calling I had on my life as a 3-year-old, to honor my father and mother. When I graduated from kindergarten, I didn’t graduate from this common calling. When I graduated from high-school and college, I didn’t graduate from the calling to honor mom and dad. And even to this day, you and I are both called to honor our parents regardless of where we are in life.
So what does this look like? I’m not you, so I don’t know. For me, it means running these businesses in a way to honor my parents’ legacy and make them proud. It means being a good steward of the position they’ve given me. For you, it could be giving them a call today and letting them know that you’re thinking about them. Or it could mean showing them an act of service by washing dishes, mowing the lawn or brewing some coffee and having a conversation with them. What do they like? Enjoy? Need? It doesn’t have to be a big thing or take much time.
Today, you have the opportunity to live out your God-given calling to “Honor your father and mother.” What will you do?